Diluting Essential Oils


I common question I get asked is "How do I dilute my essential oils?" Diluting essential oils before applying them to your skin is necessary and VERY important. If essential oils are not diluted properly they could have harmful effects on your skin and your body's well being.  

I dilute my essential oils with a carrier oil such as sweet almond, apricot kernel, fractionated coconut or olive oil. My favorite carrier oil is fractionated coconut as it has a long shelf life, is clear in color and has no scent. This makes it perfect for essential oil roll on blends!

I use the following essential oil dilution chart to properly dilute essential oils:

For Adults:
End use --> Dilution Range:

Facial cosmetics --> 0.2 - 1.5%
Body massage --> 1.5 - 3%
Bath & body products --> 1 - 4%
Specific problems --> 4 - 10%
Pain, wounds --> 5 - 20%

Above is a Table with general guidelines for the dilutions of essential oil that are commonly used in different scenarios. For children, see the chart below under “Children”. - How to Use Essential Oils Safely, Tisserand Institute

For children:
Age Range --> Dilution Range:
Up to 3 months --> 0.1 - 0.2%
3 - 24 months --> 0.25 - 0.5%
2 - 6 years --> 1 - 2%
6 - 15 years --> 1.5 - 3%
15 or older --> 2.5 - 5%

Above is an age-related Table for recommended dilutions. For the three younger age groups (up to age 6) this applies to any topical application. For the older two age groups (6 to adult) the percentages are for full-body applications. More concentrated dilutions can be used for local applications (small areas of skin). - How to Use Essential Oils Safely, Tisserand Institute


You should dilute all essential oils with a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, prior to skin use. Complete a patch test to ensure you are not sensitive/allergic to an essential oil. If you are pregnant or suffering from any medical condition, consult a health practitioner before use. Keep essential oils out of reach of children and pets. Do not ingest or use essential oils internally. The statements in this listing have not been evaluated by the FDA or Health Canada and is not intended to provide medical advice. This product is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

Some essential oils are phototoxic, mainly citrus essential oils. Use caution if you use this oil with a carrier oil to apply to the skin. Dilute properly using an essential oil book or other professional reference source to avoid photosensitisation. Do not expose the treated skin to the sun for at least 12 hours after an application. Be sure to wear protective clothing and sunscreen to block out UV light.  




Diluting Essential Oils in a Bath:

When diluting essential oils in a bath it is essential to first dilute the essential oils in a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil prior to mixing them into your bath water. Essential oils do not mix with water. Instead, they sit on the top of the water and don't dilute or disperse.  - Bath Safety, Tisserand Institute


FREE Essential Oil Dilution Chart!

To download a great FREE TOOL for how many drops of essential oil you need in a specific sized bottle (eg. 10ml, 15ml, 30ml, etc), click here and then click the button "Download Dilution Chart". This chart is extremely helpful for diluting your essential oils! - Essential Oil Dilution Chart, Tisserand Institute.


Robert Tisserand is a well respected expert in the essential oil industry and has created an "Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals" book which I highly recommend. To learn more about individual recommended dilutions and essential oil safety, this book is a must!